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"The Stardust Road [Paperback]

Hoagy Carmichael

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17 Sep 1999
Composer, singer, lyricist, and actor Hoagy Carmichael (18991981) was one of America's most versatile songwriters, crossing the boundaries of jazz, Tin Pan Alley, blues, and film. His classic songs "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind," "Heart and Soul," and numerous others have been recorded by artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Garcia, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Charlie Parker, Paul Robeson, and Mel Torm. This book combines for the first time Carmichael's two autobiographiesThe Stardust Road (1946) and Sometimes I Wonder (1965)with new photos exclusive to this edition. Here you will find reminiscences of his childhood and education in Indiana; his musical collaborations with Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Johnny Mercer; and his acting career (To Have and Have Not, The Best Years of Our Lives, Young Man with a Horn). More than just the story of an extraordinary life, these memoirs convey the excitement and energy of the early days of jazz.

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While I am indebted to a large number of people for certain facts and anecdotes contained herein, I am particularly indebted to Wad Allen and Harry Hostetter and to the Beiderbecke and Moenkhaus families for their wholehearted co-operation and assistance. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 3 Dec 1999
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I'm so glad they finally re-issued this book. The first copy I read was a used and vintage copy. So many books have been written about the jazz age and the swing era that it's nice to get the perspective of someone that was there. Hoagy has a wonderful way with words and writes with a wit that also shows in his movies (think To Have and to Have Not). I highly recommend this for anyone interested in American history and the history of American Classical music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and evocative 3 Oct 2013
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This is a great resource for anyone doing research on Hoagy Carmichael, to "hear" his true voice in his writing. You feel his way of speaking and the history of that time and how we was connected to music then is revealing.
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